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Whisper to me

for SSA choir, 2 violins, percussion and strings

Year:  2003

Year:  2003

David Hamilton

Composer:   David Hamilton

Films, Audio & Samples

Sample Audio

Sample: Auckland Choral cond. Peter Watts with Piper's Sinfonia. Soloists: Morag Atchison and Kate Spence. 6 November 2005

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Sample Score

Sample: Pages 1-4 and 29-32 of 'Whisper to Me'

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This short work sets a text by New Zealand author and poet Patricia Grace. It comes from the anthology A Book of Pacific Lullabies, which also provided the texts for my choral cycle Whisper You All The Way Home. Whisper to me is a short lullaby with a verse in English followed by a verse in Maori. The English verse is set in a conventionally melodic style, while the Maori verse is set in a style suggesting the melodic and rhythmic forms of traditional waiata. Against this second verse a solo cello plays the original melody. The work ends by dissipating into sounds suggesting night.

The text for Whisper to me is used by kind permission of the author Patricia Grace.

Whisper to me was commissioned by St Cuthbert's College, Auckland in 2003. It was subsequently incorporated into the major choral work Missa Pacifica (2004).

Commissioned note

Commissioned by St Cuthbert's College, Auckland

Text note

Text by Patricia Grace

Performance history

06 Nov 2005: Performed by Auckland Choral with Piper's Sinfonia. Soloists: Morag Atchison and Kate Spence, conducted by Peter Watts. Available on 'Missa Pacifica' CD

05 Jul 2008: Hamilton conducts Hamilton

Performed by Saints Alive and Sebastian Squad (St. Cuthbert's College, Auckland), directed by Grahm McPhail

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